John R. Worth - Partner

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Phone: +1 312-862-2279
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Professional Profile

John Worth is a litigation partner in Kirkland's Chicago office with experience in commercial matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitrations throughout the United States. John's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, consumer fraud, product liability, mass tort and toxic tort, and class action litigation.

Representative Matters

Counsel for chemical company in litigation brought by two subsidiaries against the operator and co-owner of an ethylene manufacturing facility in Alberta. Following years of discovery and an eight-month trial in 2015, the case is currently in post-trial briefing.

Counsel for petroleum company in its defense of claims brought by a second petroleum company and several individuals involving the payment of overriding royalties on deepwater oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.

Co-lead counsel for petroleum company in its defense of class action litigation arising from the company’s recall of gasoline refined at its Whiting Refinery in Indiana.

Counsel for real estate investment company in litigation against three real estate investment trusts (REITs). Following years of litigation, the Illinois court found the defendant REITs had breached their fiduciary duties to a target company’s shareholders by, among other things, usurping billions of dollars in corporate opportunities and violating basic principles of corporate governance.

Lead counsel for petroleum company in litigation brought against an Italian parts manufacturer following an operational upset resulting production outage at the company’s Whiting Refinery in Indiana.

Counsel for pharmaceutical company in its defense of claims brought by a prospective purchaser under a supply contract following the closure of the company’s manufacturing facility near Cleveland, Ohio. After the prospective purchaser filed a TRO and PI demand with the AAA, successfully argued the first TRO proceeding under the then-new AAA mediation rules. Following the denial of the prospective purchaser’s TRO, the matter was quickly settled on favorable terms.

Lead counsel for chemical company in dispute over a 1998 settlement with multiple insurers involving potential nationwide environmental liabilities. First-chaired a multiday arbitration in New York ultimately resulting in indemnification of any client liabilities by a second chemical company.

Lead counsel for chemical company in wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in Illinois brought by family of a chemical worker alleging worker's death was caused by chemical exposure. Dismissed on motion to dismiss.

Counsel for petroleum company in product liability class action in federal court in Illinois alleging engine damage resulting from client's production and distribution of off-specification gasoline. Ongoing.

Counsel for chemical company in multiple lawsuits in Philadelphia state court alleging brain cancer caused by vinyl chloride exposure. Cases include residents of an Illinois town claiming air and groundwater exposure and a former contract worker at client's research lab in Pennsylvania claiming workplace exposure. First case resulted in judgment for client after six-week jury trial. Second case resulted in dismissal of plaintiff's case on eve of trial.

Counsel for chemical company in lawsuit in federal court in Colorado brought by more than 200 plaintiffs alleging personal injury for radiation exposure from client's former uranium mining and milling operations in Western Colorado. Dismissed on summary judgment.

Counsel for chemical company in personal injury lawsuit in Indiana state court involving serious brain injuries to two siblings allegedly caused by exposure to client's pesticide. Settled prior to trial.

Counsel for engine manufacturer in nationwide multi-district consumer fraud class action litigation. Settled prior to trial.


Globalization and the Myth of Absolute National Sovereignty: Reconsidering the "Un-signing" of the Rome Statute and the Legacy of Senator Bricker, 79 Indiana Law Journal 245 (2004)

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